5 from 9 votes

Healthy French Toast with Cinnamon

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This healthy French toast is infused with cinnamon and whipped up in 15 minutes and topped juicy berries.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
£0.87
Makes: 4
Breakfast
French
cinnamon, Cinnamon French Toast, French toast, Toast with Mixed Berries

Table of Contents

  1. Why this is a great breakfast recipe
  2. Ingredients
  3. Different Topping Options
  4. Is French toast healthy?
  5. How to make healthy French toast
  6. FAQ

Why this is a great breakfast recipe

This healthy French toast with cinnamon tastes like dessert for breakfast and it’s somehow healthy?! This recipe serves 4 and only takes around 15 minutes to whip up.

You can easily adapt this recipe, as you can add your fave French toast toppings, which is then supported by the delicious pan-fried, crispy cinnamon toast foundation.

I’m not usually into sweet breakfasts, but this recipe is the one. It’s made with a handful of ingredients and is low calorie and high in protein.

Healthy French toast served on blue plate

Ingredients

Thick wholemeal bread 

I’ve opted for wholemeal bread with this recipe, as being a complex carb rather than a simple carb, we’ll feel fuller for longer which is what we need with a healthy breakfast recipe. The flavour is also not compromised, as we have so much going on in terms of seasoning, sweetness and cooking method so trust me on this one  – you’ll love the end result. 

Cinnamon 

For this easy healthy French toast recipe, I’ve incorporated cinnamon to add warmth to the recipe. Cinnamon french toast also has a bit of a ‘churro’ flavour/vibe, which is such a treat at breakfast time. 

Egg 

Adds protein, nutrients and helps to crisp up the French toast. 

Skimmed Milk 

Using skimmed milk helps to keep this as a low calorie French toast recipe without compromising on the dredge for the batter. 

0% Fat greek yogurt 

I love a dollop of Greek yogurt to add tang, it also serves as almost a dip for the cinnamon French toast. 

Frozen Mixed Berries 

The frozen mixed berries are a great budget alternative to fresh fruit, as you get a mix of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, instead of having to buy an individual package of each. It also means you’re getting more of a variety of nutrients! 

Honey

A store-cupboard ingredient that everyone has. This adds sweetness, crisp and flavour to our healthy French toast. 

Vanilla Extract 

For flavour and sweetness. If you don’t have this in your cupboard, feel free to leave out. 

Healthy French toast with cinnamon ingredients shot

Different Topping Options

French toast topping options:

Frozen mixed berries
Greek Yogurt
Banana
Chocolate chips
Butter
Brown sugar
Fresh berries
Walnuts
Streaky bacon

Close up shot of Healthy French toast

Is French toast healthy?

Yes absolutely! Although this is a sweet breakfast that almost tastes too good to be healthy, it’s perfectly balanced and has lots of nutrients and fibre. 

Variants micronutrients → egg, yogurt, frozen berries, honey and wholemeal bread

Fibre → wholemeal bread

Protein → egg, yogurt and milk  

Healthy fats → egg, yogurt and rapeseed oil. 

If you want to increase the calcium in this recipe, opt for full fat greek yogurt/milk instead. 

Is this a low calorie french toast recipe?

It is! For two slices of healthy cinnamon french toast, it comes in at  406 kcal for a decent portion size. 

Other healthy toast recipes you may also like:

 

Pizza Toast (Hailey Bieber’s Tiktok Inspired Recipe)

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomato Ricotta Toast

Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese (Budget Philadelphia)

healthy french toast with cinnamon with fork and knife cutting into serving

How to make healthy French toast

PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 130°C

Add the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, honey and cinnamon in a bowl.  Allow the berries to defrost.

Eggs, milk honey and cinnamon in bowl

Whisk together until combined.

Ingredients whisked together

One by one, dunk the stale pieces of bread into milk/egg mix.

Bread dunked into cinnamon toast mix

Then transfer into the frying pan, frying 2 pieces at a time.

2 slices on bread frying in pan

After around 3 minutes, or until golden brown, rotate and repeat the frying process on the other side. Transfer to the oven whilst completing dunking/frying the rest of the pieces of bread. 

Bread fried until golden brown

Serve the French toast with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a handful of mixed berries, a squeeze of honey and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.

Serve with dollop of yogurt and berries

FAQ

Can I make this French toast with almond milk?

Yes, this recipe is easily adapted when it comes to your milk preference. As the recipe is sweet, you can use most plant based milk irrespective, if they’re unsweetened or not so feel free to use your favourite almond, oat, soy milk etc. 

What’s the best bread to use for French toast?

As this is a healthy French toast recipe, I used thick-cut wholemeal bread to add nutrients and fibre. But when it comes to bread choice, as long as you choose a thicker bread, that can handle being submerged in liquid, you’ll be good. We don’t want a standard thickness of bread, as it might disintegrate when added to the milk/egg mix. 

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

Yes, just substitute with your favourite wholemeal gluten-free bread, ensuring that the slices are thick. 

Can I bake my French toast instead of frying it?

I think frying is best to achieve the crispy exterior on the bread. If you were to bake to reduce the oil from frying, you could air-fry or place under the grill for 5 minutes on one side, then rotating and cooking the otherside.  

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This recipe is best served fresh as we want the healthy french toast to be crispy and warm. If reheated it would turn more soggy (would definitely still be tasty though). 

 

Healthy French Toast with Cinnamon

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5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
£0.87
Breakfast
French
cinnamon, Cinnamon French Toast, French toast, Toast with Mixed Berries
Servings: 4
This healthy French toast is infused with cinnamon and whipped up in 15 minutes and topped juicy berries.

Ingredients

  • 100 g frozen mixed berries (£2.00/2)=(£1.00) 
  • 3 eggs (£0.85/2)=(£0.43)
  • 100 ml skimmed milk (£0.60)
  • 8 thick slices of whole meal bread (£0.58)
  • 4 tbsp 0% fat Greek yogurt (£0.85)

Cupboard Essentials

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  • If possible, leave the slices of bread on a baking tray, uncovered, overnight to dry out before cooking.
  • Set the frozen mixed berries aside to defrost. Combine the eggs, skimmed milk, vanilla extract, honey and cinnamon in a bowl with a whisk.
  • Add a ½ a tbsp of olive oil into a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. One by one, dunk the stale pieces of bread into skimmed milk/egg mix and transfer into the frying pan, frying 2 pieces at a time.
  • After around 3 minutes, or until golden brown, rotate and repeat the frying process on the other side. Transfer to the oven whilst completing dunking/frying the rest of the pieces of bread. For each two pieces of bread, use around ½ a tbsp of olive oil for frying.
  • Serve the french toast with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a handful of mixed berries, a squeeze of honey and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.

Nutrition

Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 13g
Calories: 406kcal
Carbohydrates: 50g
Protein: 19g

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